Category Archives: Bay Colony Rail Trail

Inaugural MFi Legacy Fund grant wins MCAP a huge Federal grant


The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Grant Presentation Ceremony
(Pictured from left to right) Todd Trehubenko, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair; Christian Donner, Friends of the Medfield Rail Trail; Dawn Alcott, Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP); Jean Mineo of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield; Chris Cahill, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Grant Pays Huge Dividends to Medfield

 When the Medfield Youth Outreach team from Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) submitted a grant request to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund team to hire Bright Solutions Consulting to review and assist with writing MCAP’s federal Drug Free Communities grant application, it seemed like a long shot. Those involved all believed that the goal of making Medfield a recognized Drug Free Community was worth pursuing.

The Legacy Fund team took a chance on MCAP and awarded it a $5,000 grant in November 2018 and MCAP immediately went to work with the consultant on their federal grant application. The grant request was submitted in early 2019 and the team waited for the big announcement. On November 6, 2019 it was announced that MCAP was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $625,000 paid over five years by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will allow the coalition to hire a full-time prevention coordinator who will carry out evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing youth substance use in the Medfield community, services that have been proven to reduce substance abuse in other towns.

“The MCAP coalition owes the success of the DFC grant application to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant, which allowed MCAP to hire an experienced grant writer,” said Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh LICSW, the Interim Director of Medfield Youth Outreach. “We are looking forward to launching a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease youth substance use and promote wellness in the community.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment established for the long-term benefit of the Medfield community which will also engage in annual grant-making to support community-driven projects. “This is exactly how we see the funds from the Legacy Fund being used to benefit Medfield,” said Todd Trehubenko, co-chair of the MFi Legacy Fund. “We think of the grants we can provide to be like an accelerant, helping add fuel to help grow programs and services that benefit Medfield residents.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s fundraising goal of $1,000,000 will enable the fund to grant annual funding requests. They are currently looking for founders/investors to help build the endowment which will enable this level of giving back to the community.


About Medfield Foundation

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2,300,000 (Yes, two million three hundred thousand dollars!) to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded based on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. You are urged to go to to learn more.


For more information please contact:


Todd Trehubenko, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair





Evan Weisenfeld, MFi President


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Inaugural MFi Legacy Fund grants

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund held a recent event to announce and celebrate its inaugural grant recipients.

Pictured below at the event are (L to R) Todd Trehubenko, Co-chair of the Legacy Fund Community Board, Christian Donner of the MRT, Dawn Alcott,Medfield Youth Outreach Director for the MCAP, Jean Mineo of the Medfield Cultural Alliance, and Chris Cahill, Co-chair of the Legacy Fund Community Board.


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$20,000 in Grants Awarded by The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The following provided by Kerry McManama, Communications Director, MFi.

$20,000 in Grants Awarded by The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce the donation of grants, totaling $20,000, to three non-profits serving the Medfield community. The Legacy Fund is an initiative of the Medfield Foundation that invests in local non-profits that build a strong and vibrant community.

The first grants awarded by the Legacy Fund, founded in 2016, were celebrated at a festive reception in late 2018. Grant recipients include:

  • Friends of Medfield Rail Trail
  • Medfield Cares About Prevention.

Funds granted will help construct the Medfield Rail Trail, contribute to efforts to develop an arts center at at the former Medfield State Hospital property, and support community-based efforts to prevent youth substance abuse.

“We are honored to support these outstanding and committed Medfield organizations with grants made possible by the generosity of Medfield donors, in particular our Legacy Fund Founders,” says Christopher Cahill, Medfield resident since 1998 and Co-chair of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.

Medfield residents interested in giving where they live may make a tax-deductible donation to the Legacy Fund, or contact to explore joining its Board of Directors.

About Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest,was formed to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community, and respond to diverse needs and voices into the future. The MFi Legacy Fund is a permanent, grant-making source of funding to support community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to the community. For more information, visit

About The Medfield Foundation (MFi)

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. The Foundation facilitates the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield, with a mission to enrich the lives of residents and build a stronger community. Since 2001, the Foundation has raised over $2 million to benefit the Town of Medfield. To learn more about the Foundation and its initiatives, or how to volunteer or contribute, please visit or email

Medfield Rail Trail now a MFi initiative


Medfield Rail Trail now a Medfield Foundation initiative

Friends of Medfield Rail Trail becomes a MFi initiative

The Friends of the Medfield Rail Trail (FMRT) announced that they will be joining forces with the Medfield Foundation (MFi) to become MFi’s newest initiative!  Established in 2001, MFi has enabled grass roots initiatives like the FMRT to raise private money for the benefit of all of Medfield.

Christian Donner, a longtime member of the FMRT said “we are raising monies for the construction and maintenance of the 1.3 mile stretch of the Bay Colony Rail Trail in Medfield, which will run from Ice House Road to the Dover line, along the former Bay Colony Railroad tracks, now owned by the MBTA.”  The MBTA will lease the railroad right of way to the town without cost for 99 years. It is hoped that the FMRT can eventually run the full seven miles from Medfield to Newton, connecting all of the towns along the way.  This fall, the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded Medfield with a $100,000 grant.  FMRT needs the generosity of Medfield citizens in order to meet its goal of raising another $100,000.00 so that construction can commence in 2019!

Tax deductible donations can be made either on-line at, or checks can be mailed to MFi, Medfield Town Hall, 459 Main St, Medfield, MA 02052.  Please contact Abby Marble at (508) 359-5370 to learn more about the Medfield Foundation, or Michael Taylor at (508) 878-6599 to learn more about the Medfield Rail Trail.

MFi ( is a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created specifically to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts.  A variety of planned giving opportunities are available on our website.

NB – photo shows rail line several years ago, before the pine trees met in the middle.






BCRT gets $100K state grant



Photo shows the Bay Colony Rail Trail in Needham


From: Lewis, Amanda (DCR) <>
Date: Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 1:57 PM
Subject: 2018 Recreational Trails Program/State Trails Grant Awards
To: Lewis, Amanda (DCR) <>


Hello RTP Grantees,


I am very pleased to inform you that your Recreational Trails Program Grant has successfully completed federal review and we can now move on to awarding your grant!  I will be soon be sending out information regarding your projects and next steps, so please be on the lookout for an award package in the mail and a follow-up email with attachments.  Please keep in mind that some projects will have conditions attached which will alter the specifications of your project.  And, most importantly, remember that you cannot begin to spend money or accrue match until the contract documents have been signed and you have received a Notification to Proceed letter.


A few weeks ago,  an event was scheduled and then postponed for the announcement of these RTP grants.  I have not received any updates on a new event, but the press release found here was distributed on August 20th and, with federal approvals completed, I can now encourage you to share news of your grant award.  A more detailed spreadsheet is also attached.


Again, please keep in mind that some details regarding your project may change, including building specifications and budgets, as we enter the award and contracting phase.  It will be imperative that you read through the award package carefully so that you can plan for these changes and discuss adjustments with me before the contract gets finalized.


Thank you for applying to the Recreational Trails Program and for your dedication to enhancing trails in Massachusetts.





Amanda Lewis

MassTrails Program Manager

Department of Conservation and Recreation

136 Damon Road

Northampton, MA 01060

RTP Website:

2018 Recreational Trails Program/Trail Grant Projects (75 Projects)
Grant ID Community Agency Title Description Award Amount Match
RTP18124 Medfield Town of Medfield Medfield Rail Trail The Medfield Rail Trail is a proposed shared-use trail following the route of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) rail bed in Medfield, spanning approximately 1.3 miles. The Trail will connect residents through the Town by biking, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. It will provide a direct connection to the Bay Circuit Trail, an extensive regional trail system as well as the access to the Norfolk Hunt Club’s regional trail network. $100,000.00 $260,100.00

BoS on 5/22

Agenda and informational materials for the Board of Selectmen meeting on May 22 –  20180522-agenda &amp; information

Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Tuesday May 22, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Last day to register to vote in the June 11, 2018 Special Election is May 22. Town Clerk's Office will be open 8:30AM to 8:00PM. You may check your registration status on line at ELECTIONS AND VOTING Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM Police Chief Meaney Discuss conditional offer of employment for a police officer 7:15 PM Christain Donner, Rail Trail Study Committee Discuss committee reappointment Action Item DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign the Agreement For Professional Services with BETA Group, Inc. Norwood MA for Route 109 Corridor Improvements Concept Plan, amount $30-35,000. Selectmen are requested to appoint Police Chief Meaney and Deputy Chief of Police Wilhelmi as Records Access Officers for the Police Department Discussion Items Preparation for May 29, 2018 joint meeting with Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Police Chief Search Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) The Gazebo Players of Medfield will perform their summer production of Otfie{(o July 21 and 22, 2018 for the second year at Rocky Woods Reservation. Permission is requested to post signs two weeks prior to promote their seventeenth season Selectmen Report Informational Notice from MllA regarding Medfield's preliminary FY19 contributions/pricing Planning Board Reorganization as of May 7, 2018 From Zoning Board Decisions number 1335 and 1339 Packet of information from Medfield Conservation CommissionPages from 20180522-agenda_Page_2

Dover on BCRT

Driving to work down Farm Street in Dover is now akin to navigating a tunnel of Bay Colony Rail Trail opinion signs, aimed at Dover town meeting votes on the Bay Colony Rail Trail issue.

These were circulated by Mike Sullivan yesterday –

/ RECORD OF VOTE OF THE DOVER BOARD OF SELECTMEN BAY COLONY RAIL TRAIL MOU February 16, 2017 At a duly called public meeting of the Dover Board of Selectmen on February 16, 2017, the Board moved, seconded, and voted as follows with respect to the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail (a/k/a the Dover Greenway) in the Town of Dover (the "Rail Trail"): 1. To authorize Town Counsel's office, before the Town's 2017 Annual Town Meeting, to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Friends of the Dover Greenway Inc. (the "Friends"), covering the timing and donation by the Friends to the Town pursuant to M.G.L. c. 44, § 53A, of funds sufficient to cover all costs of the Rail Trail and the Town's obligations under the proposed "Alternative Transportation Corridor Lease Agreement by and between Massachusetts Bay Transpotiation Authority and Town of Dover" (the "Lease"), including without limitation the costs of (a) architects, engineers, surveyors, attorneys, and related professionals; (b) due diligence, surveys, plan preparation, designs, permitting, environmental insurance, and environmental investigation and compliance measures; ( c) public bidding and other public processes; ( d) construction, construction administration, construction management, and permitting oversight; ( e) operation, repairs and maintenance; (f) clearing title to, laying out and/or providing access to the MBTA right-of-way if and as necessary; (g) contingencies and cost overruns; and (h) otherwise meeting the Town's obligation under the Lease; and 2. To authorize the Town Administrator to engage a qualified consultant to advise the Town, from time to time, when sufficient funds have been donated, or any shortfall of funds donated, to accomplish the various purposes of the MOU. TOWN OF DOVER __..Byit:!:s oard of Selectmen  -  L - ~---;~~~~~~~~~ R:obyn Hunter, Chair o~ D.,J ___ , Candace Mccann, Clerk ( A0409632.2 } RECORD OF VOTE OF THE DOVER BOARD OF SELECTMEN BAY COLONY RAIL TRAIL LEASE February 16, 2017 At a duly called public meeting of the Dover Board of Selectmen (the "Board") on February 16, 2017, the Board moved, seconded, and voted as follows with respect to the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail (a/k/a the Dover Greenway) in the Town of Dover: l. To request that the MBTA approve, before the Town's 2017 Annual Town Meeting, the attached form of "Alternative Transportation Conidor Lease Agreement by and between Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Town of Dover" (the "Lease") with the applicable exhibits referenced therein; 2. To instruct Town Counsel's office to advise the Board of any proposed changes to the attached form of Lease requested by the MBTA or the Town either before or after Town Meeting; and, if any such changes are proposed after Town Meeting, to advise the Board whether those changes are consistent with Town Meeting's action with respect to the Lease; and 3. To request that the MBTA work with the Town to arrive at a mutually acceptable License Agreement and/or contingencies in the Lease to enable the Town to perform surveys, prepare plans and specifications, apply for governmental permits and approvals, solicit bids, and otherwise undertake mutually acceptable due diligence activities, and to ensure that sufficient private funds have been and will be donated to the Town to cover its obligations under the Lease. TOWN OF DOVER ;13'Yit~oard of Selectmen ( I \, !lJ-- -~)IIlHU1ltef: Chair LLkJ- (A0409630.2 }20170216-Dover votes_Page_2

Bay Colony Rail Trail report

The Bay Colony Rail Trail presentation at the meeting of the Board of Selectmen last night by Christian Donner was excellent and the report the study committee submitted was even better.  Below is the executive summary.  $20,000 will be donated for the formal study,  the rest of the construction monies will be fund raised, and town will have a rail trial in 2018 – it strikes me as a no brainer for the town.

The picture of the train wreck is from the report, and especially interested me as it shows the water tower which was the structure that sat on the granite blocks in the woods along the RR right of way that I found while jogging, and ultimately got the MBTA to donate to the Town of Medfield, many of which are now installed at the Straw Hat Park.  It was either Bob Kennedy, Sr. or Ed Hinkley (both now retired from the DPW) who recalled that there had once been a water tower at that site, and they were of course correct.

Also, note how West Mill Street is a pretty narrow and sorry looking dirt road, and Dale Street looks not as steep as today.


Bay Colony Rail Trail report


Photo above is of the Bay Colony Rail Trail in Needham.

Bay Colony Rail Trail committee reports to the Board of Selectmen tonight

Read the Bay Colony Rail Trail report to the Town of Medfield that the study committee will present to the Board of Selectmen this evening.  It calls for approval at the 2017 annual town meeting (ATM) and completion of the construction by 2018.  The report is a remarkably thorough and detailed document.

Selectmen 12/20

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: 'd.-/fo--/0 0/Q,20161220-agenda_page_2

Rail Trail Study Committee – Update

Rail Trail Study Committee –

Update to the Selectmen

11/1/2017 Outlining the Study Committee Recommendations

The Study Committee intends to deliver a report before the end of the year. The highlights of the recommendations are:

  • A trail is feasible and desirable for the town
  • A professional design study will answer important questions and, above all, provide a sound cost estimate
    • The BCRTA has offered to fund such a study with a donation of up to $20k
  • The town should sign a lease in 2017 and move forward with a public-private partnership model, provided that an adequate plan to fund the trail can be developed

Update on the formation of the Friends of the Medfield Rail Trail

  • A local volunteer group is forming that will
    • Pick up the work after the Study Committee
    • Educate and inform Medfield residents about the rail trail and its benefits
    • Liaise with the BCRTA
    • Become an initiative of the Medfield Foundation
    • Deliver a design study to the town by March 2017
    • Develop a plan to finance the project
    • Advocate for the trail at Town Meeting
    • Work on construction, and once completed, maintenance of the trail

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